Israel, Palestine envoys in fierce exchanges

There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the United Nations, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace.

58 Palestinians were killed when Israeli troops fired at protesters on Monday, with funerals held yesterday.

The Palestinian envoy, Riyad Mansour, spoke of a “crime against humanity”, while Israel accused Hamas, who are in control of Gaza, of taking their people hostage.

This week was the culmination of a six-week protest against Israel.

Monday was the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel and also the day the United States made the controversial move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


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